'Special Polio Vaccination Drive' to take place in 15 districts

Published On: January 24, 2017 07:30 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The government is set to run a 'Special Polio Vaccination Drive' in 15 districts to prevent children from being infected with polio. 

According to Basanta Shrestha, Vaccination Section Program Officer at Child Health Division under Ministry of Health, the program is set to administer polio vaccination to 1,692,315 children of 15 districts below five years on February 18-19. 

Though Nepal received certificate of polio elimination in 2010, the anti-polio drive has been put in place realizing high risks in the country with the prevalence of the disease in SAARC nations including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It is worth-noting that Nepal had obtained the certificate of zero polio country from the World Health Organization in 2014. 

The drive would be in place in Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat, Parsa, Bara, Kapilvastu, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts, the Division shared. RSS 

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